Adidas Invitational: Skill Positions

Avonte Maddox

There was plenty of speed and playmaking ability at the wide receiver and running back positions on Sunday, and there were also some good arms to get them the football.

Overall MVP (chosen by coaches)

Avonte Maddox, WR, Detroit King (Mich.)
Coach comments: He worked out at running back, competed in 1-1 at wide receiver and played DB in 7-7. He displayed great burst and first step and was able got open on every route in the offense, super quick and even and then shut down the top players on defense in 7-7 competition with three interceptions.

Offensive MVP (chosen by coaches)

Collin Lisa, WR, Alpharetta Chattahoochee (Ga.)
Coach comments: Wide receiver from Georgia ran the best routes all day, had no drops and ended the "best of the best" session with a spectacular one handed catch to seal the MVP Award.

Wide Receiver MVPs (chosen by coaches)
University of Detroit Jesuit's Damon Wright is a lesser known junior who took a step in the right direction on Sunday. He left a couple of defenders standing still in 1-1s and made some tough grabs in the best of the best. He's light at 6'0, 150-lbs, but has skills.

Southfield's Jordan Billingslea is another who isn't the biggest guy, but his speed and quickness made him a tough matchup in 1-1s. Farmington Hills Harrison's Raquan Carter is another slot guy whose foot speed and change of direction allowed him to win 1-1 reps and earn MVP honors. Pontiac's K.J. Hamler is also on the smaller side, but had a nice day and was also recognized by the coaches.

Berkley (Mich.) sophomore Jake Cummings impressed with his route running, quickness and sure hands. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers' Austin Mack is only a sophomore, but has good size at 6'2 already and tools to be a highly recruited player. Saginaw High's Mike Rhoden rounded out the MVPs for the receivers.

Others Birmingham Brother Rice's Corey Lacanaria would have been one of my choices as a top guy. He ran great routes and made a few nice catches where he went up high and still kept his feet in along the sidelines. Not the biggest guy, but is skilled, polished and makes plays.

Warren De La Salle's Carter Wilson made some nice plays and tough grabs in best of the best. Cass Tech's Sean Perry is undersized, but quick and catches the ball well. Grand Rapids Catholic Central's Nick Marosi is a sophomore to watch. Wyandotte Roosevelt's Brandon Sowards is a senior to be who was chosen for the best of the best as well.

A youngster to watch is Farmington Hills Harrison's freshman Dezmond Fitzpatrick, who the camp coaches said was one of the best route runners at the camp despite his youth. Another freshman who impressed was Detroit Cass Tech's Demetric Vance. He has good ball skills and body control in a 6'2 frame.

A tight end MVP wasn't chosen, but Lapeer (Mich.) East's Kyle Rachwal has good, solid hands and always is consistent as far as catching the ball.

Quarterback MVPs (chosen by coaches)

Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) junior Ricardo Johnson has gotten a little bigger and a little stronger since we last saw him and it made a difference. He had more zip on the ball and threw it consistently and accurately.

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville's Quan Robinson is a name that is starting to rise and he had a nice day. Southfield (Mich.) junior Jalen Brady, who is transferring in from Grand Ledge can zip it and throws a tight ball.

Several sophomores earned MVP honors: Cass Tech's Jayru Campbell has size and his arm strength and mechanics continue to improve. He was throwing the ball with good velocity. Fellow QBU trainee Alex Mussat is another young guy who did well. The Troy (Mich.) product is consistent and accurate.

East Grand Rapids (Mich.) native Mikey Roth throws a very nice ball and made good decisions in 7 on 7. He is undersized right now, but has two years left. The same goes for Ryan Brand of U of D Jesuit, who can throw it, but size will be the question as he moves through the recruiting process.


Warren De La Salle's Giovanni Rescigno threw the ball well. He has good size and athleticism as well. He's one to watch this summer and fall. Lombard Montini (Ill.) junior Alex Wills is solid all around. He threw a consistently accurate ball on Sunday. And how about a young guy to watch? Cameron Haidere is an 8th grader entering the 9th grade in the fall at Midland with the tools to be a very good one.

Running Back MVPs (chosen by coaches)

Cass Tech's sophomore Mike Weber walked away with MVP honors. Once again, he showed he can run routes and catch the ball out of the backfield/

Another sophomore, Sickels High (Fla.) athlete Ray Ray McCloud impressed at running back, receiver and defensive back.

Cleveland Glenville's Devine Redding and Cass Tech's Sean Perry were the juniors chosen for MVP. Redding is a thick kid with good receiving skills, while Perry, also a slot guy is very quick. Bryce White rounded out the MVPs.


South Lake (Mich.) freshman Martel Pettaway and Nixa (Mo.) sophomore Alec Murphy are two to watch for the future. Pettaway is already 5'11, 205-lbs at this early juncture and runs good routes. Murphy is 6'1, 205-lbs and looks like a senior already. After a productive sophomore year, he's a prospect on the rise. Recommended Stories


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